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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Richard Sherman helps youth football team get to title game with big donation

Richard Sherman 49ers

There are many reasons to dislike social media, but San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman reminded us on Monday of the good that can come from being able to spread information more easily.

Sherman learned of a Pop Warner football team in Compton, Calif., that was trying to raise enough money to cover expenses for traveling to Florida for the National Youth Championship. They had raised $700 of the $15,000 they needed as of Sunday, but they quickly met and surpassed their goal after Sherman caught wind of the story.

Sherman shared a link to the story on Twitter and said he was inspired by the coach requiring the kids — who are 6 years old and under — to maintain good enough grades to remain on the team. The All-Pro cornerback then donated $5,000 to the team’s GoFundMe page, which inspired other people to chip in as well.

Oakland Raiders defensive back Keisean Nixon also donated $2,000, and the fundraiser had surpassed $20,000 as of Monday morning.

Sherman rubs a lot of people the wrong way with his outspoken personality, which we saw on display once again following the 49ers’ win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. However, you have to admire that type of charity work. Kudos to him for the kind gesture.

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